New York City's Pranna

It was a warm Friday evening and my friend and I were looking for a place that would offer us an exciting bar scene, as well as flavorful cuisine. Finding a destination that could actually offer a positive mix of both would not be easy. However, I had recently walked past Pranna and found it packed. I also was drawn to their interesting Southeast Asian menu. So, we decided to give it a try.

I was blown away by the gorgeous culinary palace with its soaring ceilings and cavernous sections. The large bar offered several seating options, including a few high tables. A large lounge area lay just beyond the bar and would be perfect for a party. A beautiful dining area lay at the other far end of the ground floor, and another was situated on a second floor overlooking the bar.

The basement was home to a complimentary coat check and mini-club just begging to be stuffed with movers and shakers. The staff was extremely helpful and let us push our reservation so we could first enjoy a drink at the bar. The cocktail menu includes a variety of interesting concoctions, all with an Asian flair.

I absolutely loved my sweet Tamarindo, which included rum, mint, fresh lime juice, house-made tamarind purée, and sparkling water. Of course, this delicious blend came at a typical Manhattan $12, but the large glass made it all the more enticing.